NCAA revokes pilot’s licence

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Captain Muhtar Usman, Director General, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA)

The Airline Transport Pilot’s Licence ATPL of a pilot has been revoked by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority for serious violation of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CARs).

According to NCAA, the revocation was a consequence of the pilot operating flights on non-schedule operations while his medical certificate has expired.

It noted that ‘’during these flight operations, the pilot repeatedly exercised the privileges of his License ATPL (A) when he was not qualified to exercise such privileges.

‘’Specifically, the Pilot’s Medical Certificate commenced validity from 17th July, 2017 and expired on the 16th January, 2018. Another one was processed on 11th May, 2018 which expired on the 10th November, 2018.

‘’However, investigation has revealed that instead of the pilot revalidating his medical certificate he conducted flight operations as the Pilot-in-Command (PIC) in flagrant disregard of the Nigeria Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig.CARs).

According to Nig.CARs Part 2.11.1.2-(b) A flight crew member or air traffic controller shall not exercise the privileges of his/her licence unless he/she holds a current medical certificate appropriate to the licence.

Resultantly, in Part 2.2.9.3 (a) A licence, rating, authorisation or certificate shall be revoked if the holder has lost the skills for exercising the privileges mentioned in the document or fails to meet appropriate medical standards as shown by the result of a medical examination or a test.

Therefore, in line with Part 1.3.3.3(a)(1) of the Nig.CARs, the Pilot’s Licence ATPL (A) (A- Aircraft) is hereby revoked with immediate effect, and it ceases to be effective.

Based on this, NCAA noted that the pilot has lost the privileges of his licence and does not hold a current medical certificate appropriate to the Licence. It added that the pilot has been directed to return the invalidated licence to the Authority’s Director of Licensing (DOL) within seven days of receipt of the Letter of Sanction.

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